By Max Harper
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports the Giants and Saquon Barkley were unable to come to terms on a new deal ahead of yesterday’s franchise tag deadline.
Barkley and the Giants are reportedly nowhere close to a deal.
Officially set to earn $10.1 million on the franchise tag, Barkley will first have to sign the tag if he hopes to get paid in any capacity in 2023.
Barkley totaled 1,650 yards and 10 touchdowns last season with the Giants, serving as the primary ball carrier in an offense that was largely devoid of offensive playmakers.
Despite his high-end production, the Giants appear unwilling to dish out a long-term deal to their bell cow back, who will be 26 at the start of the season.
Barkley hasn’t ruled out the possibility of sitting out the season, although it’d be surprising to see things reach that point. A holdout could suppress his ADP in the coming weeks, but Barkley has top-five fantasy upside if/when he plays.